Ecuador Elections: Another Term for President Rafael Correa

On Sunday February 17, 2013, 11.6 milions of Ecuadorian citizens went to the ballot boxes, and exercised their right to vote. According to the latest exit polls, President Rafael Correa has been re-elected.

The country's vicepresident, as well as 137 representives to the National Assembly and five representives to the Andean Parliament, were also elected. The smooth election journey started at 07:00 and ended at 17:00.


Image by Flickr user Presidencia de la República del Ecuador (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

Newspaper El Comercio [es], however, reported that Domingo Paredes, the chairman of the Electoral Board, said there was an attempt to breach the system, that will be used to compile voter information at a national level.

On Twitter the hashtag #EleccionesEC [elections Ecuador], was used to circulate the unofficial results:

For instance, FRANCO FERNANDEZ S. (@francofer1), briefly announced:

@francofer1: Según exit poll de medios privados Correa 58.8% Lasso 20.0% Lucio 5.7 Noboa 3.3 #EleccionesEC”

@francofer1 [es]: According to private media exit polls, Correa 58.8% Lasso 20.0% Lucio 5.7 Noboa 3.3 #EleccionesEC”

Tuesman Castillo (@tuesman), electronic and telecomunication engineer from Loja, reported about ballot counting at station 16 in Loja:

@tuesman: 108 para #Correa contra 78 para #Lasso en #mesa16 #loja #parroquiasucre

@tuesman [es]: 108 for #Correa facing 78 for #Lasso at #mesa16 [station 16] #loja #parroquiasucre [Sucre parish].

And from abroad, Patricia Villarruel (@PattyVillarruel) stated:

@PattyVillarruel: 8 de cada 10 votantes se habrían inclinado por la candidatura de @MashiRafael en Madrid. Son datos provisionales de escrutinio #EleccionesEC

@PattyVillarruel: 8 out of 10 voters for @MashiRafael [Rafael Correa Twitter's name] in Madrid. This is provisional recount data. #EleccionesEC

Meanwhile, Jacques J. Lara MD (‏@JacquesJLR), wondered:

@JacquesJLR: Señores revolucionarios, para cuando la consulta popular, para que después de los 4 años, el Mashi siga en el poder? #EleccionesEC #RC [Rafael Correa]

@JacquesJLR [es]: Dear revolutionary gentlemen, when will you be holding the popular consultation, so after 4 years, Mashi will still be in power? #EleccionesEC #RC

According to these unofficial results, the population voted democratically for the re-election of President Rafael Correa, and he will be in office four more years.

Nonetheless, there are is some discontent among the population. As with Ally Narvaez (@AllyNarvaez), who stated ironically:

@AllyNarvaez: Fracaso Ecuador fracaso..!! aguantar 4 años mas de imponencia…!! “Bravo..!” #EleccionesEC

@AllyNarvaez: Failure Ecuador, failure…!! To put up with four more years of imposition…!! “Bravo..!” #EleccionesEC

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